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Watford have reignited their interest in defender Kieran Gibbs.

 

Talks are on-going over a move for the 27-year-old after the Gunners finally indicated they were willing to drop their original £15million asking price.

That valuation put off a host of interested clubs including Newcastle, Brighton, Bournemouth and forced Watford to turn to other targets including Middlesbrough defender George Friend.

West Brom quickly ended their interest after Arsenal rejected an offer earlier in the summer. However, the club are now thought to be willing to do business at around £7m having told Gibbs he can leave after entering the final year of his contract.

The left-back’s representatives have held talks with Galatasaray and an unnamed German club but he would prefer to remain in England. A final fee is yet to be agreed with personal terms also outstanding but all parties believe a deal is possible before the transfer window closes next Thursday.

Gibbs is keen to secure first-team football to kick-start his career after starting just 11 Premier League matches in the last two seasons having fallen behind Nacho Monreal in the pecking order at left-back prior to manager Arsene Wenger’s switch to a 3-4-2-1 system.

Despite appearing naturally suited to a wing-back role, Gibbs has been overlooked in favour of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain while summer signing Sead Kolasinac has arrived in further increase competition for places.

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